David Learns of Saul’s Death
1After the death of Saul, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag. 2 On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s army camp. He had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head to show that he was in mourning. He fell to the ground before David in deep respect.
3 “Where have you come from?” David asked.
“I escaped from the Israelite camp,” the man replied.
4 “What happened?” David demanded. “Tell me how the battle went.”
The man replied, “Our entire army fled from the battle. Many of the men are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”
5 “How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?” David demanded of the young man.
6 The man answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear with the enemy chariots and charioteers closing in on him. 7 When he turned and saw me, he cried out for me to come to him. ‘How can I help?’ I asked him.
8 “He responded, ‘Who are you?’
“‘I am an Amalekite,’ I told him.
9 “Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’
10 “So I killed him,” the Amalekite told David, “for I knew he couldn’t live. Then I took his crown and his armband, and I have brought them here to you, my lord.”
11 David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because they had died by the sword that day.
13 Then David said to the young man who had brought the news, “Where are you from?”
And he replied, “I am a foreigner, an Amalekite, who lives in your land.”
14 “Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed one?” David asked.
15 Then David said to one of his men, “Kill him!” So the man thrust his sword into the Amalekite and killed him. 16 “You have condemned yourself,” David said, “for you yourself confessed that you killed the Lord’s anointed one.”
David’s Song for Saul and Jonathan
17 Then David composed a funeral song for Saul and Jonathan, 18 and he commanded that it be taught to the people of Judah. It is known as the Song of the Bow, and it is recorded in The Book of Jashar.[a]
19 Your pride and joy, O Israel, lies dead on the hills!
Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!
20 Don’t announce the news in Gath,
don’t proclaim it in the streets of Ashkelon,
or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice
and the pagans will laugh in triumph.
21 O mountains of Gilboa,
let there be no dew or rain upon you,
nor fruitful fields producing offerings of grain.[b]
For there the shield of the mighty heroes was defiled;
the shield of Saul will no longer be anointed with oil.
22 The bow of Jonathan was powerful,
and the sword of Saul did its mighty work.
They shed the blood of their enemies
and pierced the bodies of mighty heroes.
23 How beloved and gracious were Saul and Jonathan!
They were together in life and in death.
They were swifter than eagles,
stronger than lions.
24 O women of Israel, weep for Saul,
for he dressed you in luxurious scarlet clothing,
in garments decorated with gold.
25 Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen in battle!
Jonathan lies dead on the hills.
26 How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan!
Oh, how much I loved you!
And your love for me was deep,
deeper than the love of women!
27 Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!
Stripped of their weapons, they lie dead.
Dawudi ategeezebwa Okufa kwa Sawulo
1Oluvannyuma lw’okufa kwa Sawulo, Dawudi n’agenda n’abeera e Zikulagi n’amalayo ennaku bbiri, ng’amaze okusaanyaawo Abamaleki. 2 Awo olwatuuka ku lunaku olwokusatu, ne wajja omusajja ng’ava mu lusiisira lwa Sawulo, ng’ayuzizza ebyambalo bye, nga ne mu mutwe gwe mulimu enfuufu. Bwe yatuuka awali Dawudi, n’avuunama ng’amuwa ekitiibwa.
3 Dawudi n’amubuuza nti, “Ova wa?” N’amuddamu nti, “Ndi kaawonawo okuva mu lusiisira lwa Isirayiri.” 4 Dawudi n’ayogera nti, “Ntegeeza ebyabaddewo.” N’ayogera nti, “Abantu badduse mu lutalo, era bangi ku bo bafudde. Sawulo ne Yonasaani mutabani we nabo bafudde.” 5 Awo Dawudi n’agamba omuvubuka eyamutegeeza amawulire ago nti, “Otegedde otya nga Sawulo ne mutabani we Yonasaani nabo bafudde?”
6 Omuvubuka n’amugamba nti, “Bwe nnali awo ku lusozi Girubowa, ne ndaba Sawulo nga yeesigamye ku ffumu lye era n’amagaali n’abeebagala embalaasi eby’omulabe nga bamucocca. 7 Awo bwe yakyusa amaaso ge n’andaba, n’ankowoola, ne muddamu nti, ‘Nkukolere ki?’
8 “N’ambuuza nti, ‘Ggwe ani?’
“Ne muddamu nti, ‘Ndi Mwamaleki.’
9 “N’alyoka aŋŋamba nti, ‘Nnyimirirako onzite! Ndi mu masaŋŋanzira ag’okufa newaakubadde nga ndabika ng’akyalimu obulamu.’
10 “Kyennava muyimirirako ne mutta, kubanga n’ategeera nga takyalamye. Ne ntwala engule eyali ku mutwe gwe n’ekikomo ekyali ku mukono gwe, era biibino mbireetedde mukama wange.”
11 Awo Dawudi n’abasajja bonna be yali nabo, ne bayuza ebyambalo byabwe. 12 Ne bakaaba, ne bakungubaga ne basiiba okutuusa akawungeezi ku lwa Sawulo ne Yonasaani mutabani we; ne ku lw’eggye lya Mukama, ne ku lw’ennyumba ya Isirayiri; kubanga bonna baali bafudde n’ekitala. 13 Awo Dawudi n’agamba omuvubuka eyamutegeeza amawulire ago nti, “Ova wa?” N’addamu nti, “Ndi mwana wa munnaggwanga, Omwameleki.” 14 Dawudi n’amugamba nti, “Lwaki tewatya kuzikiriza omuntu Mukama gwe yafukako amafuta?” 15 Awo Dawudi n’ayita omu ku basajja be, n’amugamba nti, “Mutte.” N’amufumita n’amutta. 16 Dawudi n’amugamba nti, “Omusaayi gwo gubeere ku mutwe gwo, kubanga akamwa ko ye mujulirwa ng’oyogera nti, ‘Nnatta oyo Mukama gwe yafukako amafuta.’ ”
Dawudi Akungubagira Sawulo ne Yonasaani
17 Dawudi n’akungubagira Sawulo ne Yonasaani mutabani we, 18 n’alagira abantu ba Isirayiri bayigirizibwe oluyimba olw’omutego olw’okukungubaga olwawandiikibwa mu kitabo kya Yasali. Olugamba nti,
19 “Ekitiibwa kyo, ayi Isirayiri, kifiiridde ku nsozi zo!
Ab’amaanyi nga bagudde!
21 “Mmwe ensozi za Girubowa,
muleme okugwibwako omusulo newaakubadde enkuba,
newaakubadde ennimiro okumeramu ensigo.
Kubanga eyo engabo[c] ey’ab’amaanyi gye yanyoomerwa
n’engabo ya Sawulo, gye yafuukira ng’etafukibwangako mafuta.
22 Omutego gwa Yonasaani tegwaddanga mabega
n’ekitala kya Sawulo tekyaddanga nga kikalu,
olw’okubuna omusaayi gw’abattibwanga,
23 “Sawulo ne Yonasaani, mu bulamu bwabwe baali baagalwa nnyo era baali baakisa,
ne mu kufa tebaayawukana.
Baali bangu okusinga empungu,
era baali b’amaanyi n’okusinga empologoma.
24 “Mmwe abawala ba Isirayiri,
eyabambaza engoye ezinekaaneka ez’okwesiima,
eyabambaza ebyambalo ebyatonebwa ne zaabu.
25 “Ab’amaanyi nga bagudde wakati mu lutalo!
Yonasaani attiddwa ku nsozi zammwe.
26 Nnumwa nnyo ku lwa muganda wange Yonasaani,
kubanga wali mukwano gwange ddala.
Okwagala kwe wanjagala kwali kwa kitalo,
nga kwa kitalo n’okusinga okw’abakyala.
27 “Ab’amaanyi nga bagudde,
n’ebyokulwanyisa nga bizikiridde!”
Notas al pie
- 1:20 Gaasi kyali kibuga ky’Abafirisuuti
- 1:20 Asukulooni kyali kibuga by’Abafirisuuti.
- 1:21 Engabo zaakolebwanga mu maliba, ne gasiigibwako amafuta ag’omuzeeyituuni. Omuzigo gwe gwagikuumanga obutavunda, ate era ne guziyiza n’obusaale okuyitamu mu ngabo. Engabo ezoogerebwako wano zaali zisaabye omusaayi nga tezikyayinzika kukozesebwa mu ntalo.